Summer is a great season for outdoor picnics, barbeques, and get-togethers with family and friends. These exciting occasions are often accompanied by lots of food, making it harder to stick to healthy eating goals. However, with some planning ahead and a few things to keep in mind, you can still make healthy choices. We’ve got 5 great tips to make summer eating a breeze!
Tip 1. Strategize for success
One of the best things about summer events is that you’ll probably know about them in advance. That can be a great tool in your arsenal, as you can plan your food intake accordingly. If you’re going to an event where you’re bringing food, why not bring in some healthy choices like a delicious summer salad or a protein dip with veggies? For a summer picnic of your own, try packing a few healthy options alongside some treats.
If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve got you covered. For a picnic or a pot-luck, try out Avocado Mango Salsa – a great fresh and healthy starter that can be easily shared. For a healthy barbeque, consider our Portobello Mushroom Burgers – they’re meaty, healthy and hit the spot.
For those heading outside with the kids, try our Homemade Fruit Popsicles – a fun and easy activity and a cooling snack in one!
This way, you can be sure that there’s a healthy option available. You can also reach out to the organizers and ask what sorts of foods everyone else is bringing, so you can formulate a game plan beforehand.
Tip 2. Indulge – but not too much
With an array of delicious food available, you might find yourself tempted. If you’re super keen on indulging in choices that don’t directly align with your goals, you can be smart about it. Simply go for a smaller portion – use a smaller plate, take a smaller piece, or share with a friend. Alternatively, start by filling up on veggies and protein, and then indulge in the treats after.
Tip 3. Unsuspecting calories
Everyone likes a little bit of fresh, cold lemonade during the summer. However, fruity drinks, whether homemade or store-bought might contain a lot of additional sugar. Alcoholic beverages are also often calorie-rich without additional nutrients. Instead of completely cutting them out, practice portion control and choose lower-calorie options where available. You can also go for healthier drinks, like unsweetened iced teas and infused waters.
Tip 4. Choose the right foods
What’s a great way to stay full and get plenty of nutrients? Simply increase your produce intake, through foods like salads, vegetable-based dishes, and looking for fruits like watermelon and honeydew. Vegetables and fruits have lots of water, fiber, and micronutrients, and are low in energy, making them a perfect aid in reaching your healthy eating goals1.
If you need some extra help with your micronutrient intake, consider adding supplements to your routine. Maxler Zinc Picolinate + Copper, Selenium, and Iron are easy solutions to quell worries about sufficient micronutrients. That way, you can be sure that your immunity is strong and energy levels high, so you can enjoy your busy summer line-up.
Pair your vegetables with lean proteins like poultry. Protein helps us stay full and is needed to maintain muscle mass2. Consider including protein sources like Juicy Isolate in your routine – the refreshing juicy texture is a great addition for protein-rich smoothies or as a snack in the middle of the day.
Tip 5. Stay in the moment
Are you a grazer? Sometimes, we get carried away, constantly munching on things while talking to our friends or enjoying the company of our family. However, you might not be able to truly assess how much you’re eating and what you’re eating during a situation like that. So, why not simply eat mindfully?
When you’re at an event, grab a plate, sit down and slowly enjoy your meal. Savor the textures, taste, and enjoy your food without guilt. When you’re full, listen to your body. Also, just because you know you’re going to an event with plenty of food during the day, don’t skip other meals.
Mindful eating can make it easier to find out when you’re full and can help you make better food choices3.
Summer events don’t have to affect your nutritional goals. With our five tips on helping you make healthier choices while still enjoying food, you can easily stick to your routine. This way, you can relax, have a great time with your friends and not worry about temptation. Enjoy your summer, stay active, and make sure to relax!